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xii     CHURCH OF S. JOHN THE BAPTIST IN TRULLO    203
that point of the city. Mordtraann,1 indeed, maintains that the building to which Phrantzes refers was the palace at Bogdan Serai, the subsequent residence of the Moldavian hospodar in Turkish days, and that the church of S. John in Trullo was not Achmed Pasha Mesjedi, but the church of S. John in Petra (Kesm6 Kaya) beside that palace. This opinion, however, is at variance with the statements of Phrantzes and Gerlach, Furthermore, the designation c in
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Petra * was so distinctive a mark of the church of S. John near Kesme Kaya, that the church could scarcely have been recognised under another style.
Architectural Features
S. John in Trullo belongs to the ordinary £ four column ' type of church building, and has a narthex. Its three apses are semicircular both within and without, presenting the only instance in Constantinople of apses semicircular on the
1 Proceedings of Greek Syllogos ofC.P., Archaeological Supplement to vol. xvii. p. 8. His principal reason seems to be the fact that a company of nuns occupied some of the cells in the old monastery of S. John in Petra when Gerlach visited the city. But, according to Gerlach, another sisterhood was at the same time accommodated in the small convent of S. John the Baptist near the patriarchate. —Turcograetia, p. 189,